Paula Abdul has defended her decision to leave American Idol, claiming that the motivation to move on had nothing to do with money. “I had to stand on my principle. I’m going to miss the experience of watching young talent evolve into a place where they get to take off and soar. I stand on principle where many people stand on money. I’m a hard-working artist. I’ve lasted in this business for 23 years. And you can’t do that unless you are good at what you do.”
Let’s translate: What she means to say is, “I had to stand on my principle. I’m going to miss the experience of getting high on national television. I stand on principle where many people, Kara DioGuardi for example, lay on their back. I’m a hard-drugging artist. I’ve lasted in this business for 23 years by a miracle of God. And you can’t do that unless you know where to get the best painkillers.”
Paula felt that her territory was invaded — there really was no reason to bring on a fourth judge — and she wasn’t willing to abdicate her Queen Quaalude title.
As for what’s ahead, Paula is shooting a guest role on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and hopes to have a slur talk show.